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Amiri Baraka

American,  Poet
Total Quotes : 42
Apprenticeship Either

A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.

- Amiri Baraka

Art Think I Think

As a political artist, I think you have to learn how to create art, no matter what your ideology is.

- Amiri Baraka

Communist Reach Concerned

I came to my Marxist view as a result of having struggled as a nationalist and found certain dead ends theoretically and ideologically, as far as nationalism was concerned, and had to reach out for a communist ideology.

- Amiri Baraka

Stupid Thought Wanting

I guess I was the most unbohemian of all bohemians. My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with - ... namely America... Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.

- Amiri Baraka

Rich Other Recently

A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.

- Amiri Baraka

Country Bound Lives

America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.

- Amiri Baraka

Over Been Air Conditioning

God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.

- Amiri Baraka

Race Always Records

I always liked jazz. And my people liked the old blues, race records and the doo-wop and all that.

- Amiri Baraka

Tell Nine Bush

'Griot' is a French word which means, you know, really, literally, 'cry.' You know, like the town crier. You know, they come in and say, you know, 'It's nine o'clock; everything is cool.' You know, 'President Bush is a fool.' I mean, stuff like that just to tell you. But for the kind of, the African thing is called djali.

- Amiri Baraka

University Forced Could

Howard University shocked me into realizing how desperately sick the Negro could be, how he could be led into self-destruction, and how he would not realize that it was the society that had forced him into a great sickness.

- Amiri Baraka

Other Which Could

There is other disturbing facts surround the hideous 911 attacks, which my family and I could see from the third floor bathroom window of our homes!

- Amiri Baraka

Question Became Whole

I changed my name when we became aware of the African revolution and the whole question of our African roots.

- Amiri Baraka

Society Impact Should

We should understand the impact that Malcolm had on the whole of American society.

- Amiri Baraka

College Been Some

I had just been in some repressive situations - the black middle-class college scene and the crazy United States Air Force - and so I just felt like getting out of that. I thought, now, that I wanted to be a writer. I had something that I wanted to do, that I was interested in doing, so I wanted to pursue that.

- Amiri Baraka

Flag Even Counterfeit

This is said to us, even as this counterfeit president has legalized the Confederate Flag in Mississippi.

- Amiri Baraka

Artist Role Otherwise

The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That's how I see it. Otherwise, I don't know why you do it.

- Amiri Baraka

Stupid Thought Wanting

My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with... namely America... Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.

- Amiri Baraka

Kind Natural Some

It seems natural to me that as a writer, you should have some kind of, you know, there should be some kind of projection that you actually have influenced people who are closest to you.

- Amiri Baraka

Hell Unite Had

When I was saying, 'White people go to hell,' I never had trouble finding a publisher. But when I say, 'Black and white unite and fight, destroy capitalism,' then you suddenly become unreasonable.

- Amiri Baraka

Artist Black Role

The black artist's role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.

- Amiri Baraka